A first impression of Bologna in Emilia Romagna -Travel Photo Mondays

A first impression of Bologna in Emilia Romagna -Travel Photo Mondays

A first impression of Bologna in Emilia Romagna

A first impression of Bologna in Emilia Romagna -Travel Photo Mondays


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I’ve always heard about this gorgeous medieval city of Bologna, the regional capital of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, but I never had the right opportunity to visit the area. Finally when the right occasion dropped into my lap, I quickly jumped at the opportunity and made plans to visit and experience all the attractions,  activities, cuisine and landmarks in the city. I totally loved every facet exploring Bologna and it was more than what I expected in visiting this colorful city and its medieval center.


University district of Bologna

University district of Bologna



The first views of a city to me always makes an instant impression and coming out of the main railway station at Bologna was almost overwhelming – all the noise, the crowded exits and bustling energy – walking out into the main artery leading into the central district for the first time was quite exciting and visually stimulating. Old neoclassical buildings, mixed in with medieval architecture and then juxtaposed with 70s to 80s bland boxed buildings were all blaring out at me and giving me a wonderful first flavor of the city.

I followed my guide Catia, who was escorting me to my hotel on the outer edge of the historic district and soon enough we cross some of the many unique porticoes that the city is known for. Passing through a series of arcades, I was in awe of these grand porticoes, some very simple, some very ornate and painted in fine details. It was amazing to walking through them, I wanted to stop every few steps to take a picture. But I let things sly and just enjoyed the experience and looking up at all these artistic details and flourishes. I knew that I would eventually get to explore most of them and never tire from the novelty of each arcade and destination.


The ornate porticoes of Bologna

The ornate porticoes of Bologna

 Beautiful Porticoes of Bologna are everywhere you walk


More portico views of Bologna's historic district

More portico views of Bologna’s historic district




An interior detail of a Bologna landmark

An interior detail of a Bologna landmark


We entered many piazzas and then a grand piazza that I knew I would be traversing constantly – the Piazza del Maggiore, where the main medieval landmarks designated the heart and historic center of Bologna. Here lies the unfinished basilica San Petronio and the various pallazos that mark the government buildings and monuments that surround the piazza in all this medieval glory – I know I will be coming here regularly in the next few days and will be well acquainted with all the grand boulevards that lead into this piazza.


The cathedral and Piazza Maggiore in Bologna

The cathedral and Piazza Maggiore in Bologna



Adjacent to Piazza Maggiore is the Piazza del Nettunno which houses the grand fountain dedicated to the god Neptune and surrounded by more magnificent medieval buildings that house the main library – Sala Borsa, the tourism office – Bologna Welcome and other city government offices.


The Piazza Netunno adjacent to the main Piazza Maggiore

The Piazza Netunno and fountain adjacent to the main Piazza Maggiore




One of the many palazzo that surround the Zeus fountain

Palazzo Re Enzo fronts  the Neptune fountain and is magnificent



 A tunnel view to Neptune’s fountain



A tunnel view of the fountain at Piazza Netunno

A tunnel view of the fountain at Piazza Netunno


It seems like my hotel is on the extreme opposite of the railway station, but no worries, I’m enjoying seeing these amazing buildings, art and architecture. We pass by so many ancient and impressive structures and I’m hopeful that I will get to visit and learn a little more about them on my discovery tour of Bologna, and so far I’m quite amazed by the grandness of this city.


Rooftop views from Hotel Touring in Bologna

Rooftop views from Hotel Touring in Bologna



We finally come to my hotel, the Hotel Touring which is known for a beautiful rooftop garden and magnificent view of the city, so I’m just dying to make it up to see the city from high above and try to decipher the layout and landmarks of the city.  But first my room is calling for me to settle in, unwind and maybe take a quick nap before I head on out again to explore in more detail. I drop all my heavy belongings and explore the bedroom interiors – its plush and comfortable. The bathroom is modern and has all the right ammenities even a dual shower head from above and coming from the side walls which I must try. The best feature is the fluffy and inviting bed and of course I jump right into the middle to test the soft bouncy factor and it is quite devine – I think I will take a very short nap just to refresh and then take on the city fully charged.


Hot tub with a view at Hotel Touring, Bologna

Hot tub with a view at Hotel Touring, Bologna


Hotel Touring bedroom details

Hotel Touring bedroom details



I hope you enjoyed this first impression of the city of Bologna in Emilia Romagna, stay tuned for more discoveries and exciting tours of the city in my upcoming articles. If you enjoyed this post, please do share it with any of the social media buttons around the post, thank you.

Thanks Bologna Welcome and Hotel Touring for hosting me during my visit, all opinions and thoughts are my own and so far I’m really enjoying my first impressions of this medieval city.

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21 Responses to A first impression of Bologna in Emilia Romagna -Travel Photo Mondays

  1. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) December 5, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Beautiful Bologna, the hot tub would be a great amenity for this time of year.

  2. Johanna December 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Your photos are too dreamy and made me feel as if I was right there. Oh how I’d love to do a photography course with you Noel! Never been to Bologna, but it looks so beautiful – medieval and sophisticated too. Do I follow you on Instagram? I’m at Lifestyle Fifty (will follow you back)

  3. Suzanne Fluhr December 3, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    Noel, it looks like you found plenty of lens candy in Bologna and, as usual, did it justice.

    • Noel December 3, 2014 at 5:50 am #

      Wait till you see my post on the markets and specialty food venues of Bologna – totally mouth watering good!

  4. Marilyn Jones December 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    So beautiful. I felt like I was there as I looked at your photos and read your blog!!

  5. Michele Peterson ( A Taste for Travel) December 2, 2014 at 6:11 am #

    Stunning photos! Now I really can’t wait to be in Italy in May.

  6. Muza-chan December 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Beautiful city….

  7. Suzanne Stavert December 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    I have been following your trip on Instagram! Love your photos!

  8. santafetraveler December 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    All I want to say is you’re full of Bologna! I love historic cities and architecture. Bologna’s arches are wonderful. Great photos as always.

  9. Carole Terwilliger Meyers December 1, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Bologna is on my bucket list radar and now so is Hotel Touring!

  10. Karen Warren December 1, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    I loved Bologna. Hope you enjoy it (especially the food!)

  11. Leigh December 1, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    I have yet to visit Bologna. Your first photo is terrific. Italy is certainly a country I’d like to spend time in – for the photographic opportunities alone. I look at yout photos of all the grand buildings and have a hard time imagining how the place looked when it was being built.

  12. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go December 1, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    Bologna sounds like a city where you just have to put away your camera for the first day and just absorb the sights, sounds, crowds and amazing beauty and sights. And then, take some gorgeous photos to share with the rest of us who haven’t made it there yet! Magnificent and I can’t wait to see it…

  13. Rajlakshmi December 1, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    the place looks so grand. Gorgeous photos

  14. jesh stg November 30, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    The ceiling of the arches are beautiful! The roof tops of the European cities are always a worthy and interesting view! I can imagine Italy is beginning to grow on you:)

  15. Nancy November 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Beautiful photos, Noel! You’ve inspired me to add Bologna to my travel list ~

  16. budget jan November 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    I love getting sneak previews of a square and your through the tunnel shot is a shot to inspire my curiosity. Emilia Romagna looks very promising. 🙂


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